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Insurgency in North East declined but smuggling rose in five years: Lt Gen Nair

By ET News

While the levels of insurgency in the North East declined in the past five years, the movement of contraband and smuggled goods saw a rise, Director General Assam Rifles Lt Gen Pradeep Chandran Nair said.

“Last year, the Assam Rifles confiscated contraband worth Rs 876 crore, a 61 per cent jump from 2019 when contraband worth Rs 544 crore was seized,” Lt Gen Nair said.

“This year the figure is already Rs 751 crore as of July 31,” he said. “What is startling is that the rise in smuggling of contraband has occurred despite coronavirus pandemic,” he added.

He dwelt on the challenges faced by Assam Rifles on border management and tackling insurgency in Manipur, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam while addressing officers of the Defence Services Staff College at Wellington in Tamil Nadu recently.

Lt Gen Nair spoke on the current security situation in the North East and the role of Assam Rifles, which has been at the forefront of all anti-militancy operations.

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